TILLICUM BEACH

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Tillicum Beach is located 3 km west Highway 56, approximately 16 km southeast of Camrose on the shores of Dried Meat Lake that is a naturally wide section of the Battle River.

Dried Meat Lake took the name from the Cree that traditionally lived east of the Battle River, while the Blackfoot remained west of the river. The river defined their territories and was the location of many clashes between the tribes, giving rise to the waterway’s name.

The stunning lake view from the top of the valley makes it easy to imagine the lake’s role as an important transportation route, especially when the roads turned to mud every spring.

In the early 1900s, settlers who came to farm the area’s rich soil were ferried across the lake on a 9-metre boat with a wood-burning steam engine.

In 1975 the Edberg Weir was built and then heightened in 2010 to dam the waters of the river as a drinking source for the City of Camrose.

The weir was built with an eight-bay step-pool fish ladder to allow fish into the lake from downstream. The dam has also created stable water levels, ideal for paddling. The maximum depth of the lake now is 3.7 metres. The lake is naturally nutrient rich and gets additional nutrient loads so algae blooms are common in the summer.

The Lake is a true recreational attraction for canoeing, kayaking, motor boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing. The ridge above Dried Meat Lake and the Battle River is the main site used by Edmonton based pilots for ridge soaring. While the ridge itself is quite short, it is located within some of the best XC territory in Canada. The ridge is only about 50 m high, but over 7 km in length, lending itself to scenic out and returns above the winding river.

On the lake’s eastern shore, there is Tillicum Beach Park, managed by Camrose County. It has a campground and a day-use area that offers a playground, ball diamonds, firepits, a picnic shelter, flush toilets, and a boat launch. 

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Things To Do


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Fishing

Driedmeat Lake is famous for angling for northern pike in the summer and for ice fishing in the winter. Every January, a family fishing derby is organized by the Battle River Reeler's

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Beesley's Spring

Just north of Tillicum Beach, you can find a natural freshwater spring known as Beesley's Spring. It flows year-round, thanks to the surrounding rock formations. The county does not test or treat the water and is not responsible for any health issues.

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Birdwatching

The lake is an important staging ground for migratory birds such as snow geese and swans. These birds are protected by the Restricted Wildlife Area Designation. In the summer, massive pelicans swoop overhead in flocks of up to 50. Bald eagles are a common sight around the lake, feeding on northern pike.

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Camrose County Digital Visitor Map

Check out this digital map to find directions and explore other interesting places to visit nearby.

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